Aug 21, 2014


On Tuesday, my fiance and I had a great time watching the movie Transcendence (2014). We enjoyed it a lot. Both of us are so much into the theme of the movie, Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is debated in this movie. The story is ended with the deaths of Dr. Will and Evelyn Caster. Dr. Will Caster, who has invented an intelligent computer brain named "PINN", dies from cancer. Evelyn wants to bring back his husband to life through restoring his memories using the AI technology that Dr. Caster has invented. There are groups of people who are against these creations and want to stop them. Finally, they succeed to stop Dr. Caster, who is then an intelligent computer brain, by injecting a computer virus through the body of Evelyn. Evelyn gets shot and dies and Dr. Caster can't save her. Both die lying next to each other...

Artificial Intelligence, as a philosophical or ethical concept, is not a new thing. There are those, as depicted in this movie and also in another movie named "Her" that I have also recently watched, who believe AI is ethically questionable. At any point of time, man can hesitate and think about the ethicality of AI, or other somewhat similar concepts like "In vitro fertilisation" (IVF). From the view of man however, the righteousness license of these developments and breakthroughs are not issued by and from a meta-physical existence. Man quite a while ago decided on his own that exploring the nature is "OK" once he said "Cogito ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am). Nature is not any longer a sacred place full of magic, driven by meta-physical forces, where the entrance is not permitted. Man allowed his imagination to indefinitely explore the horizon of possibilities. Such a brain can travel thousands of years, with a speed of light, into the depth of the sky. And, that brain is also truly able to create a god, as it is best put by Dr. Caster, "Isn't this what man has always done?"

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